Tax Relief Blog

The IRS has just published a special edition titled “who can represent you before the IRS”.

This is very critical, for many years, a lot of companies had taken advantage of individual and business taxpayers by advertising heavily on the radio, TV and the internet, making false promises on tax settlements and possible outcomes.

We have always cautioned our prospects to read our BEWARE REPORT to assist you with selecting the right firm.

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If you are seeking IRS Help because you are facing tax problems, then you are at the right place.  We are a tax representation firm and can assist you with things like 941 payroll tax, unfiled tax returns, back taxes, audits and even help you avoid or release tax levies and liens.

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Owe unpaid back taxes, penalties and interest? Wondering what type of help is available?

If you cannot pay your entire tax debt, then a negotiated tax settlement, OIC – offer in compromise would be a great option for you. This allows you to resolve your tax matter and pay less than the entire amount owed. OIC gives you a fresh start, it’s a viable alternative when you are unable to pay your complete tax liability because of your financial hardship.

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The IRS just published this important piece to caution taxpayers on how to select the right professional for IRS help.

Do not fall for scams, a lot of advertisers on the radio, TV and the internet make tax settlement claims that are not correct or accurate. Be cautious and hire a licensed IRS professional, Enrolled Agent.

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Dear Client:

As the end of the year approaches, it is a good time to think of planning moves that will help lower your tax bill for this year and possibly the next. Factors that compound the challenge include turbulence in the stock market, overall economic uncertainty, and Congress’s failure to act on a number of important tax breaks that expired at the end of 2014. Some of these tax breaks ultimately may be retroactively reinstated and extended, as they were last year, but Congress may not decide the fate of these tax breaks until the very end of 2015 (or later). These breaks include, for individuals: the option to deduct state and local sales and use taxes instead of state and local income taxes; the above-the-line-deduction for qualified higher education expenses; tax-free IRA distributions for charitable purposes by those age 70- 1/2 or older; and the exclusion for up-to-$2 million of mortgage debt forgiveness on a principal residence. For businesses, tax breaks that expired at the end of last year and may be retroactively reinstated and extended include: 50% bonus first-year depreciation for most new machinery, equipment and software; the $500,000 annual expensing limitation; the research tax credit; and the 15-year writeoff for qualified leasehold improvements, qualified restaurant buildings and improvements, and qualified retail improvements.

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WHY KEEPING CURRENT ON PAYROLL TAXES SHOULD BE A TOP BUSINESS PRIORITY

BY STEVEN V. MELNIK

STEVEN V. MELNIK, J.D., LL.M. (Tax), CPA, is an associate professor of tax law and the academic director of the graduate and undergraduate tax areas at Baruch College, CUNY in New York City. He is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and has more than 15 years experience helping individuals and businesses with tax, asset protection, and estate planning matters. This article is an adapted version of a chapter from his best-selling book, Tax Relief and Resolution: The Ultimate Guide to Paying Less to the IRS Starting Now (Flamenco Press, 2014).

A business is responsible for ensuring that taxes withheld from its W-2 employees’ payroll checks are paid. As an employer, a business is also liable for Social Security and Medicare payments and taxes and its employees’ contribution to these taxes. Staying current with payroll taxes should be a top priority for all businesses.

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Dear Client,

On July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law P.L. 114-41, the “Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015.” Although this new law was primarily designed as a 3-month stopgap extension of the Highway Trust Fund and related measures, it includes a number of important tax provisions, including revised due dates for partnership and C corporation returns and revised extended due dates for some returns. This letter provides an overview of these provisions, which may have an impact on you, your family, or your business.

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FINAL REGS ISSUED ON PARTNERSHIP VARYING INTERESTS RULE

T.D. 9728, 07/31/2015, Reg. § 1.706-1, Reg. § 1.706-4, Reg. § 1.706-5

IRS has issued final regs on the determination of a partner’s distributive share of partnership items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit when a partner’s interest varies during a partnership tax year. The final regs also modify the existing regs on the required tax year of a partnership.

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When a taxpayer decides to resolve and pay back the owed amount using any one of the IRS payment programs/filings/settlements, it is called a tax settlement. Internal Revenue Service or IRS offers a tax settlement if the concerned taxpayer is struggling to pay back the tax debts or if there is a valid reason to nullify the penalties. In fact, the IRS offers more than one way for taxpayers to settle their tax debts. While the debate about whether you will get a settlement or not depends upon your financial situation, the type of settlement you will be allowed to opt for is dependent on the severity of your monetary and financial situation / troubles. Even though the IRS prefers that every individual or business pays his/her taxes completely, they can make some exceptions if the situation arises.

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If you received a letter that reads ‘IRS Letter 1058/LT11’, know that it is a final notice from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) reminding you about the balance you still owe. Moreover, if you do not resolve your delinquent matter, they will make an attempt to levy your bank accounts, garnish wages and other assets within the next thirty days. In most cases, a CP 504 (a final notice of your due balance) is sent before the IRS Letter 1058. Ideally, IRS Letter 1058/LT11 is more formal than other notices that you may have received by now. It will tell you that they will also be looking for other assets you own that can be levied. By then, you should have received prior notices that should have been addressed.

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